Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK as a child in a BBC documentary

That four-time Olympic champion says he’s “really proud” of a new BBC documentary titled The real Mo Farahallowing him to “talk and learn” more about his trip to the UK.

Numerous high-profile figures, including politicians and celebrities, praised Farah’s “strength and bravery” after the shocking revelations.

In the documentary, he said, “The truth is, I’m not who you think I am,” adding that he must tell his true story “at all costs.”

The Argos:

The 39-year-old father of four said: “Most people know me as Mo Farah but it’s not my name or it’s not reality.

“The real story is that I was born Hussein Abdi Kahin in Somaliland, north of Somalia. Despite what I have said in the past, my parents have never lived in the UK.

“When I was four my father was killed in the civil war, you know we were torn apart as a family.

“I was separated from my mother and brought to the UK illegally under the name of another child named Mohamed Farah.”

Sir Mo, who became the first British athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, said his children motivated him to be honest about his past.

“Family means everything to me and you know as a parent you always teach your kids to be honest, but I feel like I’ve always had this private thing where I never got to be myself and tell what’s really happening is.

“I’ve kept it for so long, it was difficult because you don’t want to face it, and a lot of times my kids ask, ‘Dad, how come?’ And you always have an answer for everything, but you don’t have an answer for that.

“That’s the main reason I’m telling my story, because I want to feel normal and … don’t feel like you’re stuck.”

The Argos:

Tania Farah, Sir Mo’s wife, said the year before their marriage in 2010 that she realized “there were a lot of pieces missing from his story” but she “eventually dumped him with the questioning” and he was telling the truth .

During the documentary, Sir Mo said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and recalled going through British passport control at the age of nine under the guise of Mohamed.

He said: “I had all my relatives’ contact details and when we got to her house the lady took it from me and ripped it open right in front of me and put it in the bin and in that moment I knew I was in trouble .”

The athlete traveled back to his childhood home in Hounslow and recalled “not great memories” where he wasn’t treated as part of the family.

“If I wanted food in my mouth, it was my job to look after these kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, say you nothing. If you say anything, they’ll take you away.’

“So she said to (me) ‘You don’t talk about anything,’ otherwise I was in big trouble and I think the only thing I could do, (that was) in my control, was run out and run,” he said he.

Sir Mo eventually told his PE teacher Alan Watkinson the truth and moved in with Kinsi, his friend’s mother, who “really took great care of him” and he ended up staying for seven years.

It was Mr Watkinson who applied for Sir Mo’s British citizenship – what he described as a ‘lengthy process’ – and on 25 July 2000 Sir Mo was granted British citizenship.

Sir Mo, who named his son Hussein after his true identity, said: “I often think of the other Mohamed Farah, the boy whose place I have taken on this plane and I really hope he is doing well.

The Argos:

“Wherever he is, I carry his name and that could cause problems for me and my family now.

“The most important thing is that I can just say, ‘Look, that happened’ and just be honest, really.”

In the documentary, a lawyer tells Sir Mo that although he was smuggled into the country as a young child and has told the relevant authorities the truth, there is still a “real risk” that his British citizenship could be revoked, since it was awarded to him misrepresentations.

However, it is understood the Home Office will not take any action against Sir Mo and his citizenship will not be revoked.

The department’s guidance makes it clear that a child is presumed not to be involved in obtaining citizenship through deception, stating: “If, at the time of the deception, misrepresentation or concealment of material facts (related to citizenship led) was a child, caseworkers should assume that they did not participate in any deception by their parents or guardians.”

The Argos:

The documentary ends with Sir Mo speaking to the real Mohamed Farah, whose identity he assumed upon entering the UK, before adding that Sir Mo will continue to use the name he was given upon entering the UK.

The Real Mo Farah airs on 13 July at 6am on BBC iPlayer and 9pm on BBC One. Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK as a child in a BBC documentary

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